Course Info

16 - 19
Media, Film and Animation
  • creative

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    2 Years

  • Awarding/validation body:



Course Overview

This course will allow you to explore a wide variety of hands-on photography and video production activities that will develop and build your natural artistic abilities. You will undertake a range of projects that explore concept development, pre-visualisation, shooting, and editing and you will learn to use Adobe Photoshop, Premier, and After Effects for editing and special effects. This course also explores the history of film and photography, from the first photography to contemporary special effects.  In the second year you will specialise in your chosen area of lens based media and you will build on your existing skills to reach an advanced level.

You will be encouraged to take an experimental and open-minded approach to exploring ideas which challenge and develop creative thinking and making skills.

We have great facilities here at Croydon School of Art, including a photographic darkroom, many Mac suites, and video and film editing facilities with great technical support. You will be taught by film and TV specialists and industry practitioners who use their breadth of knowledge to support your studies.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course Highlights

This two year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

You will be taught by staff from specialist animation and graphics backgrounds. You will also benefit from the great facilities that we have here at Croydon School of Art, including a photographic darkroom, many Mac suites, and video and film editing facilities with great technical support.

Throughout the year you will be invited to take part in live briefs set by major cultural organisations and local businesses. You will also contribute to the School of Art Pop-Up Shop as well as UNICEF projects, along with the opportunity to exhibit work in our own Parfitt Gallery. You will be actively supported in entering competitions and festivals and in collaborating with music and drama students. Furthermore, our end of year show is our biggest event in which we celebrate your success along with your family and friends in a professional environment.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of visits to exhibitions and events, and there are a number of work placement opportunities available that vary each year.

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss Apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Completion of this programme will enable you to progress on to a degree course in animation and game design. Our former students are now attending many of the top university courses in the UK. Additionally, many of our current students are applying for internships or apprenticeships with a range of organisations, such as the BBC and Croydon Tech-City.

This course will open up many exciting career prospects for you; the television and photography industries are fast paced environments where having the right skills is essential. There is a real need for fresh talent with dynamic imaginations and great technical skills.


Assessment is assignment-based with no formal exams. Formal and informal assessment will take place continually throughout the programme with individual and group critiques, peer assessment and group work, regular one to one feedback and structured guidance helping you to develop your skills and learn quickly, allowing for plenty of opportunities for you to achieve your potential.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C; or

A related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results may also be considered); and

A GCSE at grade 9-4/A*-C (or equivalent) in English or Mathematics; or

English and Mathematics assessed at Level 1 or above by College assessment.

Mature applicants may be considered on relevant experience without having the required entry requirements. However, an interview will always be required.

A satisfactory reference may also be requested.

A portfolio of work that shows research into your approach to creative work.

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.